As part of alcohol or drug addiction, you may only focus on the problems that your addiction causes in your life. But there are others affected by your substance abuse. Your family suffers from the disease of addiction as much as you do, in many ways. This is why family therapy is so helpful, necessary and positive as part of addiction treatment.
How Does Family Therapy Help During and After Substance Abuse Treatment?
In rehab, family involvement takes many forms, as much for the family members’ benefit as for their loved ones. Therapy sessions centered on family heal wounds, keeping other areas of individuals’ lives healthy. After all, family health is an important part of individual recovery success and overall wellness.
If you are in treatment, you may be living at the treatment facility as part of a residential program. Or you may be in an intensive outpatient program, during which you live at home. One type of program isolates you from those you love, while the other keeps you close to them. For both, family therapy gets family members involved in ways that benefit everyone.
Family therapy goals include:
- Allowing each family member to have a voice about problems
- Healing psychological wounds of addiction
- Improving responses to each other and substance abuse
- Supporting each other along the recovery path
- Giving everyone clarity about others’ feelings
- Ending many types of denial
- Stopping enabling and codependency
- Preventing substance abuse in the future
- Strengthening the family unit
- Improving communication
- Learning signs of alcoholism and drug abuse
Family counseling, as it is also known, is part of a broader treatment plan. Your treatment is very individualized in rehab, including individual therapy, group therapy, medication management and educational sessions you need for strong recovery.
Everyone in the family benefits from counseling. Together, each of your loved ones can help you be stronger in recovery, just as you can help them heal their wounds. The future is brighter and less conflicted when family counseling is part of rehab and aftercare.
Your family may not just be your blood relatives. If you are closest to friends, they can participate in your treatment as well.
Healing Wounds in Family Therapy
Family counseling heals family wounds. But the road to that healing is not always smooth or easy. There are times during counseling that things can get tough for one or more members of the group. In fact, many people reject going to family counseling out of fear of facing these wounds.
During family sessions, individuals sometimes feel attacked or angry. Without rehab support, people with alcohol or drug addictions may step up their substance abuse. Or they may relapse. This is why treatment-organized family counseling is often best.
Healing wounds requires acknowledging those wounds. This also requires family members to understand why the wounds exist and how they will heal. Once you address rough parts, your family will grow stronger through the experience. Benefits of family counseling far outweigh risks.
Rehab Is Where Entire Families Heal from Addiction
As said before, you and your family are probably focusing on healing your addiction right now. But this is a “big picture” approach. Once you start drug and alcohol rehab, the focus can shift to healing all members of your family.
At San Antonio Recovery Center, you will build a stronger, healthier future based upon the 12-steps. Your family can also heal for brighter days ahead.
Call San Antonio Recovery Center now at 866-957-7885 to learn about residential and intensive outpatient programs. You can have the future and family relationships you want. So call now to begin that future.